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Off The Hook

Emmanuel Goldstein and 2600 Magazine

Off the Hook is a hacker-oriented weekly talk radio program, hosted by Emmanuel Goldstein, which focuses on the societal ramifications of information technology and the laws that regulate how people use them. It airs Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time in New York City on the community radio station WBAI 99.5 FM. It is also simulcast online via streaming MP3, rebroadcast on various other radio stations, and has been made available as a podcast (since long before that term was coined).

After a quick presentation of the panelist(s) or on-air guest(s), the radio show normally starts with a report and discussion of the previous week's most interesting hacker, technology, and activist related news. Sometimes, it also features an interview with external guests.

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Registrations for H2K start coming in, the latest in the low power FM saga including the two major opponents to new radio stations: NAB and NPR, CBS and Viacom announce a merger, Kevin Mitnick is reportedly transferred to Lompoc, the FCC objects to phone companies invading the privacy of individuals, AT&T sends Emmanuel an unrequested Mastercard, AT&T's 700 and 500 service is scheduled to be discontinued, a number is discovered to check the regional carrier assigned to a phone number,...
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A lawsuit is filed against NSA by EPIC concerning monitoring U.S. citizens, more Y2K hysteria, the Kyl bill is introduced which calls for suspending net access in certain cases as if it were a privilege, an overview of last week's coverage of the Seattle riots including a 15 minute sound collage of pieces obtained over the Internet containing some very dramatic firsthand accounts (listen for the sound of an NGO representative being grabbed by the police while he's explaining things to a small...
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NSI sends predictable passwords out in cleartext and allows anyone to login as anyone else without a password, highlights of some of the email that was world readable, a major scandal is revealed as Emmanuel demonstrates a hospital dictation system with no passwords that allows anyone to hear private information on patients through a toll-free number, a challenge to the mass media to actually cover this story, information on name.space, how the phone companies rip people off on local payphone...
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Report from the Trenton Computer Festival, new federal guidelines may affect websites, a tale of a true criminal, questions about the loss figures in the Mitnick case hit the national media, further details on the upcoming "Free Kevin" demonstrations, Emmanuel and Izaac get into an impromptu debate on trenchcoats and school uniforms, a three hour special is announced for the upcoming WBAI fundraiser. ,
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Al Gore makes an incredibly foolish statement concerning the Internet, AT&T tries to convince Emmanuel to switch his phone line over with a $100 check, Sprint and American Express offer unlimited long distance dialing for a fee with a possible catch, a company advertises hacker backpacks but misrepresents what hackers are, Emmanuel discusses a power loss due to a storm, the FCC chairman tries to dispel rumors about FCC regulation of the Internet, a Y2K scam, Emmanuel violates an explicit...
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The first fundraising show in quite a while and the first one ever that went out over the net. Lazlow from commercial radio stops by to outline the differences between WBAI and commercial radio, hypocrisy in U.S. policy towards Yugoslavia, attempting to place a live call to Yugoslavia, an interview with Duska of B92 in Yugoslavia that focuses on the history and future of B92 as well as how the bombings are affecting the people, AT&T possibly blocking all calls to Yugoslavia, a critique of...
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Another virus spreads throughout the Internet leading to questions as to how this could happen again so close to the Melissa virus, Emmanuel attempts to demonstrate the inaccessibility of toll-free information, a call to McAfee, an attempt to get the time of day from an AT&T operator, the summer issue of 2600 is released, a new scam targets Internet users through their phone bill, Emmanuel and Izaac debate the politics of George W. Bush, political parody sites cause controversy, "Off...
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Microsoft suffers a setback in the courts, a clarification on when 2600 meetings occur, MTV is reported to have a low power radio station in New York City, Xail explains the conditions and technology of his ankle bracelet which monitors his whereabouts, what happens when the unit makes a call, Carnegie Mellon allegedly tries to hack into student machines, a caller has a microchip imbedded in his skin, Emmanuel gets a new Sprint PCS phone that can browse the web and generates an RSA key on the...
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Problems making a phone call, the first Y2K problems start to appear, Patty gives an update on a disturbing change in the Kevin Mitnick saga, Frank from the Chaos Computer Club explains a coordinated reaction to a statement by the Legions of the Underground threatening electronic sabotage against China and Iraq, the mysterious death of Tron, the Chaos Communication Congress, AOL tries to block AT&T from saying "You have mail," Coca Cola on its way to resolving Y2K problems, a...
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A heat wave strikes New York, a preview of Defcon and the outdoor German hacker camp, why the new 2600 cover is illegal, why unlisted numbers don't protect people's privacy, an update on the IRC network, calling various time numbers, a comparison of the various rates charged at payphones, Omnipoint announces a merge with Voicestream, Emmanuel has multiple monitors shipped because of an encryption error during online shopping, a new net monitoring program is released, a voice mail update, more...
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Emmanuel challenges Izaac to name the new New York City area code (347), testing numbers in the new area code, MCI announces that it will buy Sprint, a new Giuliani website goes online to tackle the New York City museum controversy, excerpts from Kevin Mitnick's mail, prosecutor David Schindler announces a career change, a security hole in the new Sam Donaldson website, talk of expanding the 2600 meetings to every mall in America, yet another radio merger, talk of another Dictaphone system, an...
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Connectivity problems make the show harder to hear on the net, Lewis DePayne pleads guilty, Emmanuel discloses federal documents that report losses attributed to Kevin Mitnick and appear to be grossly inflated, Bernie S. comes up with an analogy to the Mitnick case, Pam and Bernie S. recollect events leading to his release from prison, plans are announced for a series of "Free Kevin" protests in conjunction with 2600 meetings, reactions to the shootings in Colorado., Connectivity...
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Emmanuel demonstrates the incredible insecurity of the Sprint PCS billing system using Izaac's phone number, a massive amount of web pages are hacked because of the war in Yugoslavia and the plight of a Canadian hacker, Izaac, Porkchop, and Carl discuss the Melissa virus, what David L. Smith actually did to spread the virus, how he was tracked down.
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An intense critique of the recent MTV feature on hackers, how the producers seemed to have the story written in advance, the complete lack of any mention of Kevin Mitnick, how the entire hacker community was hurt by the program, letters from the public on the MTV show, a listener reveals that his remarks were completely taken out of context.
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Emmanuel finds a video of a film called "Takedown," Kevin Mitnick is officially transferred to Lompoc and is no longer able to make collect calls, an appeal for contributions to a new fund, a hacker pleads guilty to altering websites belonging to NATO and the White House, the Matt Drudge website is hacked, the absurdity of sending people to prison for altering web pages, the public's sudden awareness of East Timor, reported Y2K problems from 9/9/99, Emmanuel's electric bill has a...
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Emmanuel catches the flu, an accidental disclosure of private greeting cards on the web by Hallmark, comments on revisionism in the media, the military purges its websites, a Long Island family is a target of cyberslander, Bronc discusses hacking Chinese websites and the Legions of the Underground, 2600 makes a correction to the Guinness Book of Records via the www.guinessrecords.com site, a summary of Windows Refund Day, the fourth anniversary of Kevin Mitnick's arrest passes, Emmanuel...
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The Reuters story of hackers threatening a military satellite is officially dispelled, a Pennsylvania congressman announces that we are at cyberwar, a man is arrested for terroristic threats for pointing a finger at a Secret Service agent, the disproportionate way law enforcement people are treated, Omnipoint reveals a "no roaming fee" plan but only for certain customers, some Y2K updates, word of an MTV interest in the Mitnick story, a final tribute to Walter., The Reuters story of...
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Emmanuel gets arrested in the New York demonstrations against police brutality, a moment by moment account of the experience ranging from the time of arrest to release, Emmanuel manages to make phone calls and send email while enjoying a ride in the paddywagon, an accounting of the 28th precinct - the most dangerous in the city, a realization as to where the enemy really is, the low technology of a police station, Kevin Mitnick agrees to plead guilty in exchange for another year in prison and a...
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Kevin Mitnick is transferred to a county prison, analysis of a Mitnick story in the New York Post, the new prison refuses to serve kosher food to Mitnick, Dan Morgan of Satellite Watch News describes how his magazine has been shut down by DirecTV because of information on encryption that was published, the strong possibility that something like this could hit 2600 and "Off The Hook," what people can do to help and why this is important. This show includes fundraising., Kevin Mitnick...
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The air conditioning in the studio fails, Emmanuel's confrontation with a federal marshal outside the courthouse in Manhattan, Guy Montag and Kerry discuss preparations for Friday's Washington DC and Los Angeles demonstrations, a "Free Kevin" sticker is spotted on the TV show "Felicity," a complete rundown of all the demonstrations, "Free Kevin" is spotted in a comic book, AT&T begins to charge people for getting area codes and Emmanuel confronts them about it,...
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Bernie S. makes his first ever in-studio appearance as he becomes a free man at last, Emmanuel forgets to put quarters in the parking meter downstairs, Bell Atlantic introduces a four digit ANAC, DIVX ceases operations, a Y2K update, Emmanuel refuses to register in order to print out a page, a review of "Pirates of Silicon Valley" and how TNT deceives its viewers, Carl demonstrates some of the technical inaccuracies in the film, how it's difficult to get alternative views onto TV...
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Emmanuel asks for on-air witnesses to a parking meter snafu, Kevin Mitnick is involved in an automobile accident while being transported to court, the incredible lack of attention to medical conditions in prison, Emmanuel's passport problem is addressed by two congressmen, H2K is officially announced (July 14, 15, and 16, 2000 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York - site of the first HOPE conference in 1994), www.godhatesfags.com is routed to www.godlovesfags.com, Microsoft's Hotmail is...
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A late-breaking news item - hackers are reported to have taken over British military satellites and issued a blackmail threat, Emmanuel admits that hackers are evil and that Western civilization is threatened by their existence, a new bill to ban digital decrypting technology moves closer to law, states are found to be selling personal info to credit card companies, the Secret Service connection, another child pornography case on the net involving the military, cleaning up military websites,...
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The only news outlet to cover last week's scandal is ZDTV, the hospital system is tracked down and identified as one made by Dictaphone, an Intuit security hole, Emmanuel registers a whole series of domain names using four-letter words through a new registrar, Emmanuel and Izaac debate monopolies, a caller has an interesting perspective on the New York City mosquito crisis, a caller is "pulled back" to AT&T after not paying a bill, rumors of a merger between Sprint and MCI,...
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WBAI goes off the air right before the show airs and returns 15 minutes into it, listener fears that the station has been taken off the air by Pacifica, an update on the KPFA situation, the Kevin Mitnick sentencing is delayed until August 9th for no apparent reason, Izaac reviews Antisniff, a local number gives a strange recording, Emmanuel is denied a passport by the State Department and tries to make an appointment with the Passport Agency on the air, a real-life information operator from...
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Technical problems cause a delay in the theme, only ten days to go until 2000, why this isn't the end of the century, the Federal Reserve doesn't raise interest rates because of Y2K, preparations for the date change from governments to rebel groups, a Y2K memo at a local university is good for a laugh, how hackers are already being blamed for anything that may go wrong, a plea from the White House for hackers to show restraint, legislation is introduced to prohibit payphones from existing near...
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The ACLU expresses concern over Echelon, Emmanuel accidentally dispatches a repair crew from the power company using a touch tone phone, an anonymous tip website allows anyone to view confidential information and people who entered the URL are investigated as criminals, the case of Bill Cheek and how it could adversely affect radio hobbyists, Emmanuel plays with a new service that allows users to send email to a phone account, an interview with Ron Schnell, the founder of Mailcall who happens...
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Emmanuel goes to the Clinton trial and discusses the security arrangements, what really goes on on the Senate floor, Bernie S. talks about the COPA case, the FCC proposes licensing microbroadcasting stations, the dangers of the corporate takeover of the radio spectrum, the story of the WXPN takeover, Emmanuel suggest that corporate entities give back excess stations to the communities, a suggestion on how to refer to the broadcast networks by their rightful names., Emmanuel goes to the Clinton...
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Kevin Mitnick is finally sentenced, how the $500 million in damage wound up really being around $4,000, Emmanuel addresses morons, a sobering look at the state of the nation's prisons, the cybersquatting bill moves closer to law, KPFA returns to the airwaves, a question as to whether H2K should be held in June or July of 2000, more controversy on another local radio station, a funny recording from a hotel voice mail system in Las Vegas., Kevin Mitnick is finally sentenced, how the $500 million...
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Emmanuel refuses to pay an AT&T bill for no service and is tricked into paperless billing on another line, a call to AT&T to try and clear up the mess, Sprint PCS apparently charges customers for failing to connect to the web browser on their phones, E-Z Pass makes access to information harder for their customers, Emmanuel gets a class settlement from NYNEX for screwing up Caller ID Blocking, the absurdity of a form required to visit Kevin Mitnick, a prison newsletter spotlights...
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A tribute to WBAI's program director, Samori Marksman, who died earlier in the day. Dave Burstein of the "Personal Computer Show" stops by to share memories and discuss the incredible contributions, history, and significance of this most remarkable person who was largely responsible for the continued survival of WBAI. Kevin Mitnick is reported to be making a plea arrangement with the government, Macki offers insight into how this information may have been leaked, what it actually...
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Emmanuel calls in from Los Angeles, a report on Defcon, the release of BO2K, floods in Las Vegas, a trailer of the 2600 documentary "Freedom Downtime" is shown at Defcon and the film is scheduled for release in early 2000, a report on the Mitnick sentencing and the debate over restitution, Emmanuel sees Kevin for the first time since his arrest, allegations are brought forward accusing Sprint PCS of billing customers while the phone is ringing. ,
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Chinese "hacker" sent to prison, January 21 is proclaimed as Hacker Liberation Day, Seraf analyzes the White House's stand on encryption, a Canadian intelligence agency has an embarrassing breach, how things have changed since "Off The Hook" began, Emmanuel gets DSL and discovers that access to the router is restricted, Patrice offers a Dutch perspective, a preview of what may happen when Y2K hits, a review of "Takedown" after it plays at a Chicago film festival, a...
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The CD players malfunction, Emmanuel starts an anti-Giuliani website, the 516 area code is targeted for a split, how to be labeled a terrorist, an update on the Bill Cheek case, charges are dropped against Emmanuel for his March arrest, Bell Atlantic offers a flat rate 19.2 CDPD wireless service., The CD players malfunction, Emmanuel starts an anti-Giuliani website, the 516 area code is targeted for a split, how to be labeled a terrorist, an update on the Bill Cheek case, charges are dropped...
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Production on the film continues, an appeal for audio experts, nobody remembers the number for voice mail, a bill is introduced to fight cybersquatting, Emmanuel's passport arrives with no explanation, an update from "Lake Pacifica", 15,000 people rally to save KPFA, Emmanuel explains why he's proud to be part of Pacifica, the Associated Press makes an incredible typo, the fall of WXPN, a demonstration in front of KPFK, advice from WPKN, the negative changes that have taken place at...
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More on last week's Mitnick sentencing hearing, a report on what it was like to spend time with Kevin's family after the hearing, Porkchop reports that the touch tone fee is alive and well in New Jersey, a critique of hackers who use homophobic speech, reasons why the 2600 site is blocked, a press release from the Cult of the Dead Cow that challenges Microsoft, Emmanuel comments on the increasingly troubling situation involving WBAI's owner (the Pacifica Foundation) and sister station KPFA in...
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At literally the very last minute, the regularly scheduled edition of "Off The Hook" was thrown into disarray by massive civil unrest in Seattle during the meeting of the World Trade Organization. Reporter Amy Goodman phones in live from the streets of Seattle and describes the rapidly deteriorating situation as tear gas and rubber bullets are fired by the police. While this is not a show related to the usual subject matter, much of the material is riveting, as Amy is seriously...
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Emmanuel's bureaucratic nightmare with the passport agency, a listen to this week's voice mail submissions, announcement of a Palestinian country code (970), Emmanuel is hounded by Republican junk mail, a racist is sent to prison for harassing email, someone inserts a "Free Kevin" message in the Roget's Thesaurus site, an army website is defaced, a disturbing update on the MTV report on Kevin Mitnick, Emmanuel and Izaac debate the wisdom of preventing people under 18 from attending...
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A report on the "Free Kevin" demonstrations including a report from the "WBAI Evening News" as well as other media outlets, the ongoing question on whether or not it's legal to take pictures of a federal building, a new test number for the 646 area code, more phone scams that get people to spend lots of money dialing numbers, a user is disciplined for portscanning the 2600 website, Rebel demonstrates how callers are automatically routed to an expensive number if they ask an...
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The continuing frustration of the Mitnick ordeal, prosecutor David Schindler is quoted as saying some very negative things about Mitnick on his way to private practice, feedback on the Dan Morgan case, another Microsoft product has its security defeated, Sprint PCS starts to charge customers $3 for paying cash, a listener accidentally meets Kevin Mitnick's grandmother, states and phone companies are found to be making huge amounts of money from prisoner phone calls, a Sprint PCS customer is...
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Confusion reigns over the scheduling of "Off The Hook" due to the fundraiser and the Clinton trial, the debate on how to keep kids away from adult websites continues, Emmanuel is accused of running a toll by the E-Z Pass people, a teenager is believed to have run away from home because of the Internet, a federal 888 number devoted to the Y2K issue, a Rhode Island hacker is sentenced to prison but the judge questions much of the government's allegations, Clinton singles out hackers as...
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On Election Day, Emmanuel expresses marvel on the mechanical voting machines, a severe windstorm outside the studio causes havoc, a test of the new 631 area code for the 2600 office, a "hacker" attacks weather sirens and Kentucky officials attempt to figure it out, the ominous features of the Emergency Alert System, private medical records found in a dumpster, an Omnipoint customer service number that hangs up on rotary callers, Emmanuel has a frustrating experience trying to buy a...
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More listener outrage at the MTV special, Emmanuel tries to get Izaac to call the MTV show garbage, more info on EAS and how it can be used to suppress freedom of speech, Bernie expresses unease at the idea of black boxes for cars, an update on Emmanuel's DSL saga, a warning about Bell Atlantic's supposed relaxation of the data surcharge over ISDN, listener feedback on the "Takedown" movie, a hacker named Zyklon is sentenced to more than a year in prison and a $40,000 fine simply for...
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An unexpected show as the marathon drive is postponed again, a European plan for mass monitoring is revealed, another look at the Y2K problem, Emmanuel predicts that nothing at all will happen, some of the more ridiculous things coming out of the Y2K scare, Bell Atlantic mails a flyer to its customers promoting free three-way calling, taxes and fees on a typical phone bill skyrocket, a call to Bell Atlantic's recorded info, a $25 check scam from AT&T, an update on the 2600 film, New York...
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The last show of the year and the last show before Y2K, a disclosure of who the Y2K theme is performed by, the anticipation of a terrorist attack on Times Square, Emmanuel tries to get Izaac to predict disaster on New Year's, a cartoon from Canada features a 2600 meeting, an official Y2K song, 2600 is threatened with a lawsuit along with many others by the DVD Copy Control Association, Tom Vogt and Matthew Pavlovich tell their stories as codefendants in the lawsuit, an appeal to mirror files on...
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